Marriage — for the Common Good?

In Comment, James K.A. Smith looks at marriage from a different perspective: This romantic picture is already enacted in the honeymoon: to kindle your marriage, you need to “get away,” retreat from the drudgery of the workaday world (which is, apparently, matrimonial poison). For your marriage to last, according to this logic, you’ll have to keep [Read More...]

Internet Writers: Beware

I publish almost exclusively on the Internet, and I’ve grown to like it: it’s easier to correct an error on the web, and it’s nice to feel like the distance between reader and writer has closed (since feedback – for good or bad – is more readily available through comments, emails, Twitter, and so on). [Read More...]

Teaching O’Connor

It’s that time of year again – the time when teachers (like me) are enjoying the summer, but still thinking about what we’re going to do in the fall. Here’s Nic Ripatrazone at The Millions on teaching Flannery O’Connor (the great American Catholic writer): As a Catholic, I find O’Connor less perplexing than illuminating. This is [Read More...]

The 18 Minute Plan

I rather like this 18-minute plan for focus – not just because it helps us to feel more organized and calmer, but also because ritual frees us up to do better creative work and serve one another more fully. Here’s the plan (it’s a short read!): We start every day knowing we’re not going to get it [Read More...]


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